Galaxy Note 8 can’t beat aging iPhone 7 Plus in performance

The iPhone 7 Plus may be almost a year old now, but it’s still one of the most powerful smartphones you can buy today.

So powerful, in fact, that not even Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 can outperform it in early benchmark tests.

Samsung is relying on the Galaxy Note 8 to redeem its Note business following the exploding Note 7 fiasco last fall. Like its predecessors, it will deliver the South Korean company’s best design, specifications, and features — plus the beloved S Pen stylus.

We’re expecting the Note 8 to be a lot like the excellent Galaxy S8, only bigger. It will sport Samsung’s stunning Infinity Display, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, a generous 6GB of RAM, and the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat software.

The Note 8 will also match the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual rear-facing cameras, but it won’t be able to match its performance. Despite packing the fastest chip available to Android manufacturers, the device still scores fewer points in AnTuTu benchmark tests.

Galaxy Note 8 benchmarks

Galaxy Note 8 pops up in AnTuTu benchmarks.

According to PhoneArena, the device achieved a result of 179,000. That beats the iPhone 7’s score of 173,575, but it’s still lower than the iPhone 7 Plus’ score of 181,807. It’s even lower than the Galaxy S8’s score of 205,282, which was first to topple the iPhone 7 lineup.

It seems strange that the Galaxy S8 achieves a greater score than its newer, more beastly sibling. But let’s remember these are early benchmark tests, and that might not be a true reflection of performance on final Note 8 units.

Samsung will make the Note 8 official at an event in New York on August 23.